MANCHESTER UNITED have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho with the England star reportedly demanding £300,000-a-week wages.
As an alternative, it is claimed the Red Devils want Bournemouth's £40m winger David Brooks after cooling their interest in Juventus' Douglas Costa.
Get all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…
NO SMALL CHANGE
Several Premier League sides are reportedly circling for Chris Smalling after the defender's Roma renaissance.
An impressive loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico has reignited the defender's career, with the Italians also hoping for more of the Manchester United man.
As SunSport revealed, the £20million price tag placed on Smalling's head by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proved a large obstacle for the Giallorossi.
But Fulham, Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are now all named as interested parties.
Website 90min reckon the English sides have a better chance of forking out the required fee for the 30-year-old.
West Ham and Everton are seeking a rise up the table after disappointing campaigns last time out while Steve Bruce's Newcastle are adjusting to life after the Saudi-funded takeover of the club collapsed.
SUITORS CAN POG OFF
Manchester United are 'not accepting any bid' for Paul Pogba, according to reports.
The Red Devils see him as a key part of their future plans and are considering a contract extension with the Frenchman who wanted away as recently as last summer.
Mino Raiola told Sky Sports Italia: “Pogba is key player for Man Utd, they’ve an important project and he’s 100 per cent included.
“Man Utd will not accept any bid on this summer to sell Pogba.
“We’re going to speak about a new contract soon, no stress.”
HAVE A LOOK AT 'VAR
Manchester United are set to loan out keeper Matej Kovar, 20.
The Czech Republic youngster arrived from Slovacko in 2018 for £45,000.
While he is yet to see any first-team action, he has impressed at the academy.
He only needs to look at the success story of Dean Henderson to see what the potential pathway is to fist-team Premier League football.
Swindon look like the most likely destination for Kovar.
SETTING THE TONE
Anthony Martial has revealed he and Marcus Rashford have healthy competition with each other, but are pushing themselves on to better things.
The Frenchman told ManUtd.com: “With Marcus, I think that we’ve been playing together for five seasons now and so, yes, we have that good understanding.
“It’s a real positive for us that we have this great connection.
“We just try to help each other out.
“For example, there are some games where maybe a shot is on and then I decide to wait and see, and I give him the ball because I want him to score.
And he does the same thing for me, so you see, we’re not just focused on scoring all the time.
“We’re always going to do everything we can for the team to win which means that, if he is better placed than me or I’m in a better position than him, we’ll always give each other the ball in order to score.”
GAMES MEAN GOALS
Anthony Martial has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for giving him more game time and reaping the rewards.
The Frenchman told ManUtd.com: “It’s down to the fact that I’ve enjoyed more game time. I’ve played in practically every game and so I think it’s all about consistency.
“In previous seasons I haven’t been able to feature as regularly; I’d be on the bench quite a bit and other times I’d be starting, which was quite difficult.
“Whereas right now I know that the coach has faith in me and I’m confident of starting the next match.
“So, I’m giving everything I can in order to pay back that trust he has shown.
“[I'm hungry for all goals] because for me, a goal is a goal. So simply by managing to score more of a simple kind of goal, I know that I’ll score a lot more in total.”
FEET UP CHALLENGE
Here is how the off season stacks up for the 'Big Six' clubs ahead of a busy Premier League season.
United have the joint-shortest break along with Liverpool, with Manchester City a day more, while Arsenal have the shortest rest period.
Chelsea and Spurs, by comparison, are laughing all the way to the beach bar.
HAPPY EVRA AFTER?
Patrice Evra has revealed the regret felt after making a shocking debut for Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson hooked the left-back at half-time of his first start against Manchester City in January 2006, a game the Red Devils lost 3-1.
The 39-year-old told The Guardian: “My first introduction to the real Sir Alex was my debut against Manchester City.
“At half-time he gave the hairdryer for one minute to every player. It was a long 15 minutes.
“At the end he said to me in five seconds, ‘Patrice, sit down. You will learn how to play in England’.
“That night my agent said, ‘We made the biggest mistake coming here. I’m sorry’. I was upset but I was burning.”
Wayne Rooney kept himself calm before the 2008 Champions League final – by watching the film Sister Act alone in his hotel room.
The former England captain was nervous ahead of Manchester United's all-England final against Chelsea in Moscow.
Rooney eased the tension by whacking the Whoopi Goldberg classic in and watching it to get his mind off the biggest game of his career.
It was the first time ever two English sides had contested the final.
He told The Sunday Times: “Sister Act! That’s how I prepared for the biggest game of my career. Watching Sister Act alone in a Russian hotel room.”
Here are the Red Devils' opening games, as well as their clashes against the other 'big six' clubs.
Should be a tasty season!
THE SAN GOES DOWN
Manchester United are ready to abandon their pursuit of Jadon Sancho until next summer, according to reports.
It had long been claimed that the Red Devils were unwilling to meet Dortmund's £108m asking price for the winger but now the Mirror state that his wage demands are becoming an issue.
Sancho is said to want £300,000-a-week, a contract United are not currently willing to provide.
The club hierarchy were delighted to shift £1m-a-week in wages by offloading Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, Romelua Lukaku and Ashley Young and are in no mood to alter their wage structure for another marquee signing.
DIG YOUR CLAUSE IN
Barcelona’s board will demand clubs pay Lionel Messi's £631million release clause should he hand in a transfer request, according to reports.
The Argentine's future remains in serious doubt after a torrid season on and off the pitch for the Nou Camp side.
But with one year left to run on his contract and Barcelona determined to keep their star man, it may not be easy for Messi to get out even if he wants to.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Barca board will simply turn around and tell Messi, 33, a club would need to match his mammoth release clause to sign him – otherwise he is not for sale.
And that is pretty much impossible with no club likely to stump up more than three times the world-record transfer fee Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017.
'DON & DUSTED?
Manchester United are ready to pull the plug on their £110million pursuit of Jadon Sancho – to avoid breaking their wage structure, according to reports.
Old Trafford chiefs are ready to call time on their year-long chase for the Borussia Dortmund star, having been bitten on the bum by the Alexis Sanchez £505,000-a-week fiasco.
Sancho's representatives are demanding £300,000-a-week for the 20-year-old England international.
And that means Dortmund are likely to keep their prodigy for another year at least.
United are already thought to pay keeper David De Gea £375,000-a-week.
They do not want another player on over £300,000-a-week.
SIGHT FOR SUAR EYEZ
Barcelona are considering an £18million plus Luis Suarez bid for Ajax star Donny van de Beek.
The Holland midfielder, 23, has been one of Manchester United’s targets for months.
But United are more interested in signing Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho than the blonde star.
Ajax are looking for around £50m for Van de Beek, but Barca hope to tempt them with a cash-plus-player offer after Ronald Koeman took over at the Nou Camp.
Suarez played for Ajax between 2007 and 2011, where he scored 96 goals in 138 games for the Amsterdam club.
SMUDGE LOVES HIS ART
Former United striker Alan Smith says he’s still playing for Notts County at the age of 39, simply out of pure love for the game.
The ex-Leeds, Old Trafford and MK Dons forward and midfielder's career took a stark turn when he was injured in a horrific career-threatening incident at Anfield in 2006.
He told Training Ground Guru: “Old team-mates of mine say to me: ‘What are you doing still playing? Why do you still bother?’
“I still love it, it’s as simple as that. I’m at Notts County because I want to be and I’ll carry on playing for as long as I possibly can.
“I still have the same enthusiasm and drive I had as a teenager, when I was trying to break into Leeds’ first team. It’s never diminished.”
BECK TO FRONT
With his hair a mess and holding a flag the wrong way around it wasn't quite the debonair David Beckham we are used to seeing.
But you can forgive him this one time – after his Inter Miami side recorded their first win in FIVE months.
Becks took to Instagram at 3am UK-time after the side won in the MLS – even though he could only watch it on the TV!
He said: “Couldn’t be there for our historic first win in our stadium but I was there in spirit ⚽️ congratulations to @alonsodt our staff , players and of course our fans that also couldn’t be there… Winning feels good right @intermiamicf ⚽️ it’s 3am , hairs a mess , flags the wrong way around but don’t care cause we win.”
Miami won their Florida derby against Orlando City to end their dire run.
A double from Julian Carranza and a third after the break from Rodolfo Pizarro gave them a 3-2 home win.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic are the surprise names who do not feature among Ryan Giggs' top Manchester United teammates.
When taking into account the number of games played alongside the Welsh wizard at Old Trafford, the star pair are ousted by the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikael Silvestre.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United's captain for the day, breaking his three year competitive goal drought is the club's Goal of the Day.
BRU'VE BEEN WARNED
Bruno Fernandes warned Manchester United's Premier League rivals he can get even better next season.
He told Uefa.com: “It's instinct. Over the years, because of the position in which I was playing, I developed my ability to move around and look forward.
“When we lose the ball, I try to be the first one to react and to call on the other attacking players to help out in winning back possession.
“And obviously for me, to be able to build up the play, to have the ball and provide passes to my team-mates to enable them to score goals – it’s very important.
“I think that's what I need to do a bit more because, yes, I've provided some assists but I could have provided more, given the quality we have up front.
“I believe I can improve on my numbers given the quality we have up front.”
Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of David Brooks.
New Cherries boss Jason Tindall told the Bournemouth Echo: “We as a football club have got a value of what we believe for our players.
“And if that value is met then players have got the opportunity to then discuss with whoever they need to discuss with and then make the decision they feel is right for them.
“But first and foremost, it needs to be right for the football club and once it's right for the football club then, as you've seen in the past, I don't think it's a club that will stand in anybody's way providing that the club's happy with and it meets the valuation of the player.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reportedly had a key role in persuading Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes to snub a move to Manchester United.
As noted by Corriere dello Sport, the Gunners chief seemed to swing things in Arsenal's favour with theBrazil Under-20 international also considering offers from the Red Devils and Napoli.
GIFT OF THE GAB
Gabriel Magalhaes is heading to London next week to complete his £27million transfer to Arsenal, say sources.
The Brazil central defender was left out of Lille's 1-1 draw against Rennes yesterday, fuelling speculation he is close to joining the Gunners.
Reports claim Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is close to getting his man on a five-year deal.
Manchester United and Napoli were also chasing the South American.
Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano posted this on Twitter: “Gabriel Magalhaes to Arsenal, here we go!
“Total agreement just completed: he will fly on Monday to London to sign his contract until June 2025, €30M to Lille (add ons included), official statement on next week. The deal is finally done.”
Manchester United are turning their attention to David Brooks after cooling their interest in a deal for Juventus' Douglas Costa.
The Red Devils have grown frustrated in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho from Dortmun and the Manchester Evening News reports a move for Brooks is now on the agenda.
Brooks's representatives, Unique Sports Management, represented Aaron Wan-Bissaka during his £50m move to Old Trafford and also count Axel Tuanzebe among their clients.
And United received a further boost yesterday when Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall said every Cherries player is available for the right price.
In the case of Brooks, that price is believed to be around £40m.
MORNING, MAN UTD FANS
Harry Maguire is free to return to Britain after appearing in court accused of punching a cop following a drunken brawl in Mykonos.
Commenting on the Man Utd captain, his lawyer Constantine Darivas told Greek media: “The process is ongoing. Maguire is in great condition.
“He denies the allegations and I am fully convinced that tomorrow he will be released without any charges.”
In other news, Borussia Dortmund chiefs insist Jadon Sancho will “stay at least another season” and is “happy”.
United's hopes of landing the 20-year-old England attacker this summer dwindled even further after the Bundesliga giants refused to accept the £108million asking price in instalments.
And now Goal quote Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl as saying: “Jadon is happy to stay. He has a contract until 2023.
“I see him on the pitch and he is very happy. Everyone is very happy to have him. He is going to be here for at least one more season.”
Should United fail to secure the services of Sancho, they could look to bring Juventus winger Douglas Costa to the Theatre of Dreams.
According to Corriere dello Sport, United have already made a £27m bid for Costa, but Juve are holding out for £36m.
And finally, Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga will NOT move to Manchester United or Real Madrid this summer.
The French midfielder, still just 17, has stated that he wants to remain with the Ligue 1 club for at least another year.
Lille defender Gabriel is reportedly is London as he nears a move to join Arsenal.
The Gunners look set to beat Man Utd and Napoli in their quest to sign the Brazilian centre-back.
According to Telefoot Chaine, Gabriel is in London to complete his switch to the Emirates.
A £22m deal is said to be on the verge of being sealed.
MIL-LING IT OVER
Former Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal to stay at AC Milan, according to reports.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports the big Swede has not formally extended his time at the San Siro.
Ibrahimovic, 38, joined the Rossoneri in January on a short-term deal.
But he exceeded expectations, bagging 11 goals and five assists in 20 games in all competitions.
And Milan look set to reward him for his role in helping them qualify for the Europa League next season.
Reports suggested he would be handed a new one-year deal worth £104,000 a week.
But at the moment there is no sign Ibrahimovic will ink his new contract anytime soon.
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